https://spectator.sme.sk/r/25/politics-and-society/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator1970-01-01T01:00:00ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676667/urgent-care-units-will-close-earlier.htmlUrgent care units will close earlier2017-10-19T23:45:08ZBut the Health Ministry claims the patients do not have to fear the changes.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676515/babis-did-not-re-write-the-past.htmlBabiš did not re-write the past2017-10-19T17:41:02ZConstitutional Court decided in favour of National Memory Institute which included Andrej Babiš in its list of communist secret service confindants.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675759/top-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop stories from Last Week in Slovakia2017-10-19T15:51:37ZVoters’ indifference affects regional votes - Can Slovaks be lured back from Britain? - Petit Press majority owner dieshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676213/only-55-people-applied-for-active-reserves-training.htmlOnly 55 people applied for active reserves training2017-10-19T14:01:00ZThe Defence Ministry considering a change of law.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676207/hospital-dismisses-doctor-from-childbirth-documentary.htmlHospital dismisses doctor from childbirth documentary2017-10-19T13:56:55ZDoctor boasted about slapping a mother-to-be to calm her down, now losing his job.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675861/why-did-we-have-to-wait-ten-years-for-the-verdict-in-the-bulletin-board-case.htmlWhy did we have to wait ten years for the verdict in the bulletin-board case?2017-10-19T12:25:49ZThe case is still not concluded. The Supreme Court will have to deal with the appeal of ex-ministers; the case of embezzlement by the non-licensed banking institution of Jozef Majský has also become protracted.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673751/bratislava-gets-electric-buses.htmlBratislava gets electric buses2017-10-19T10:05:00ZEighteen electric buses will be deployed by next June at the latesthttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675751/justice-ministry-to-prepare-rules-for-states-use-of-legal-services.htmlJustice Ministry to prepare rules for state’s use of legal services2017-10-18T23:08:54ZState administration bodies should observe certain principles when closing deals with lawyers, parliament agreed.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675738/sns-nominees-choose-finnish-transporters-without-consultation.htmlSNS nominees choose Finnish transporters without consultation2017-10-18T22:54:58ZThe engineering plant from Krupina, which until recently has been controlled by the Slavia Capital financial group, may be involved in the trade.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675424/historically-first-ex-ministers-were-sentenced-for-the-bulletin-board-tender.htmlHistorically first ex-ministers were sentenced for the bulletin-board tender2017-10-18T15:05:36ZFormer construction ministers of the SNS party have received years in prison for the scandal surrounding the infamous bulletin-board tender. The other three defendants, ministry officers, have been acquitted.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675412/the-chairman-of-the-committee-tasked-to-improve-tax-returns-has-problems-himself.htmlThe chairman of the committee tasked to improve tax returns has problems himself2017-10-18T14:52:55ZThe newly set-up committee meant to prepare a law on the more detailed property disclosures of politicians is headed by ex-minister Martin Glváč from Smer, who is refusing to publish details of his assets.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674896/police-suspects-from-the-shark-operation-defrauded-almost-28-million-from-the-state.htmlPolice: Suspects from the Shark operation defrauded almost €28 million from the state2017-10-17T23:47:45ZThe record fraud was based on fictitious high expenses for advertising; they divided the differences among themselves in cash.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674746/e-id-cards-have-serious-problem.htmlE-ID cards have serious problem2017-10-17T22:45:04ZSome signature codes could potentially be abused, but the Interior Ministry stresses the risk is still only theoretical.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674612/soldier-detained-for-theft-in-the-ammunition-depot.htmlSoldier detained for theft in the ammunition depot2017-10-17T14:57:39ZThe theft in the ammunition depot was not used for arming extremists or terrorism.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674588/comenius-university-is-among-2-4-of-worldwide-best-universities.htmlComenius University is among the best2017-10-17T14:43:22ZThe Bratislava-based university ranks among 2.4 % of worldwide best universities, according to the Centre for World University Rankings.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673904/justice-ministry-prepares-completely-new-legislation-on-illegal-drugs.htmlJustice Ministry prepares completely new legislation on illegal drugs2017-10-16T23:15:13ZThe current legislation with severe punishments fulfils neither preventive nor deterrent purposeshttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673650/thirteen-people-detained-during-a-vast-raid-accused-of-financial-crime-as-an-organised-group.htmlThirteen people detained during a vast raid, accused of financial crime as an organised group2017-10-16T14:36:54ZIn the biggest operation of recent years carried out by several units of armed forces, hundreds of officers raided several companies in four Slovak regions on October 13, while detaining 13 people.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20673625/road-accident-claims-lives-of-eight-people.htmlRoad accident claims lives of eight people2017-10-16T14:29:41ZOne of the most tragic road accidents in recent years saw seven caregivers and a van driver die in a truck crash.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671752/eu-lawyers-claim-that-russian-annexation-of-crimea-being-legal-is-a-hoax.htmlEU lawyers claiming the Russian annexation of Crimea as legal is a hoax2017-10-16T12:00:00ZOne lawyer does not mean all EU lawyers; immigrants attacking a shepherd dog and HAARP causing hurricanes in the US are hoaxes, too.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665601/school-in-lucenec-focuses-more-on-german-language.htmlSchool in Lučenec focuses more on German language2017-10-14T09:30:00ZAfter the change of the administrator, the studies at the school will still be free.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671227/nitra-fails-to-pick-a-strong-candidate-against-extremist.htmlNitra fails to pick a strong candidate against extremist2017-10-12T22:02:05ZThe coalition and opposition dispute over choosing a single person who could defeat Milan Uhrík of the ĽSNS.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671232/trade-unions-will-march-for-earlier-retirement-on-saturday.htmlTrade unions will march for earlier retirement on Saturday2017-10-12T21:10:47ZSlovakia’s population is ageing intensively. Later retirement is one solutionhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20671068/top-3-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia2017-10-12T16:40:19ZBratislava prepares for food quality summit. Regional elections campaign takes shape. State budget is out now - what will it bring?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670825/mp-accuses-the-president-but-is-lobbying-for-family.htmlMP accuses the president, but is lobbying for family2017-10-12T13:57:05ZSNS deputy chair Jaroslav Paška is accusing President Kiska of having fraudulently acquired land. It turns out Paška’s relative is interested in acquiring it.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670815/babis-case-will-be-reviewed.htmlBabiš case will be reviewed2017-10-12T13:50:52ZThe Constitutional Court returns the years-long dispute between the Nation’s Memory Institute and Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš to the regional court.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20670091/if-you-want-to-vote-in-the-regional-election-you-have-to-stay-at-home.htmlIf you want to vote in the regional election, you have to stay at home2017-10-11T16:50:36ZIn the elections for the self-governing regions, people can cast their votes only at their permanent residence. The Interior Ministry is planning no change to this rule.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669926/poll-m-ftacnik-leads-the-battle-for-regional-governor.htmlBratislava: Ftáčnik leads the battle for regional governor2017-10-11T14:14:21ZFormer mayor of the Slovak capital leads with 25.5 percent in the campaign.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669483/spitalska-may-be-completed-by-november-15.htmlŠpitálska may be completed by November 152017-10-10T23:33:00ZThe reconstruction of the tram track in downtown Bratislava may finish as soon as mid-November; ultimately, the Bratislava Region’s office agreed with local inhabitants.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669443/police-reportedly-solve-the-murder-of-prominent-lawyer.htmlPolice solve the murder of prominent lawyer2017-10-10T22:43:34ZTwo suspects have been charged: one for murder, the other one for robbery.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669203/lipsic-prosecutors-have-double-measure-for-coalition-and-opposition.htmlLipšic: Prosecutors have double measure for coalition and opposition2017-10-10T15:27:11ZWhile one investigation for the alleged violation of bank privacy was stopped, the other may result in laying charges.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669193/kotleba-seems-to-connect-sport-and-politics.htmlKotleba seems to connect sport and politics2017-10-10T15:23:31ZAs part of their regional elections campaign, chair of the far-right ĽSNS party handed out cheques with a symbolic sum again, as well as opening an ice-hockey match to the huge surprise of players and audiences.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668288/gun-amnesty-turns-up-legendary-rifle-the-same-model-used-by-t-roosevelt.htmlGun amnesty turns up legendary rifle, the same model used by T. Roosevelt2017-10-10T06:34:10ZThe value of similar, new, rifles is between $80,000-$140,000https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668344/summer-climate-highly-above-normal-it-brought-62-tropical-days-and-29-tropical-nights.htmlSummer climate highly above normal; 62 tropical days and 29 tropical nights2017-10-10T06:13:17ZThe temperature in Slovakia has increased by 1.73 degrees Celsius on average since 1881https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668317/micev-gave-up-candidacy-to-the-benefit-of-lunter.htmlMičev gave up candidacy to the benefit of Lunter2017-10-09T15:30:38ZIn the race for the Banská Bystrica regional governor, Stanislav Mičev resigned and encouraged his voters to support the strongest candidate, Ján Lunter, against Marian Kotleba. Here are his main reasons for doing so.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668282/police-promptly-clarified-night-murder-in-bratislava.htmlPolice promptly clarified night murder in Bratislava2017-10-09T14:57:48ZThe knife attack by a Slovak citizen of Indian origin on a local man and a Ukrainian sparked unjustified hatred towards immigrants; it was also fanned by some media.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668258/kotle-bye-bye-protesters-chanted-at-the-banska-bystrica-region-residence.htmlKotle-bye, bye, protesters chanted at the Banská Bystrica Region office2017-10-09T14:50:49ZThe anti-fascist march in Banská Bystrica attracted about 300 to 350 participants.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665530/far-right-extremists-2017-regional-elections-Slovakia.htmlRegional elections will be a power test for the far right in Slovakia2017-10-09T07:25:00ZWhat are the prospects of extremists around Kotleba in the upcoming vote?https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20664391/how-it-teacher-brought-extremists-to-parliament.htmlHow IT teacher brought extremists to parliament2017-10-09T07:25:00ZMarian Kotleba criticised parliamentary democracy ten years ago. Now he has become a part of it.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20666439/coca-cola-as-detergent-or-a-battery-filling-is-a-hoax.htmlCoca-cola as detergent or a battery filling is a hoax2017-10-09T06:59:44ZHoaxes that have appeared on the Internet in Slovak over the past monthhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665578/new-project-to-boost-learning-german.htmlNew project to boost learning German2017-10-08T09:30:00ZThere is a shortage of German speakers on the Slovak labour market.